Bespoke Wood Floor & Headboard Create Stunning A Home

We knew exactly what to suggest for this brief, a bespoke end grain block wooden floor. This spectacular floor isn’t something you see very often nowadays, but before the introduction of concrete, it was commonly used in factories, as it’s incredibly strong and hardwearing.
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Specially crafted end grain blocks were made for the flooring and feature headboard

Specially crafted end grain blocks were made for the flooring and feature headboard

When a client asks for something really special, you know you have to pull out all the stops. We knew exactly what to suggest for this brief, a bespoke end grain block wooden floor. This spectacular floor isn’t something you see very often nowadays, but before the introduction of concrete, it was commonly used in factories, as it’s incredibly strong and hardwearing.

We fitted the flooring in two rooms and made a feature headboard for the main bedroom. End grain blocks aren’t very easy to source. As so much of the grain is exposed, the wood absorbs and releases moisture like a sponge, making it susceptible to twisting and distorting. It can be made by special order but this takes time and is expensive. With our experience and wood crafting skills, we were able to make the cobbles ourselves from natural grade solid pine. It was cut on site and then fitted immediately, so there was no danger of the wood cupping or warping.

A highly decorative and hardwearing floor

A highly decorative and hardwearing floor

Mineral wool is fitted between the joists to insulate the subfloor.

Mineral wool is fitted between the joists to insulate the subfloor.

With end grain flooring, it’s essential for the subfloor to be level and strong. The original Victorian suspended subfloor wasn’t in the best condition and when we removed the old floorboards we found lots of rubbish left by previous trades. This had to be cleared up, so the air could circulate freely. The rotten joists were replaced and we repaired those that were damaged. We then insulated between the joists with mineral wool. Read our post about thermal insulation with mineral wool for more information on this article.

A superior quality hardwood ply was then fitted (we don’t use cheaper ply made from mixed species as it’s not as strong and is prone to delamination). The floor was measured so we could work out the best alignment, to ensure symmetry between the rooms and the walls. Once the preparation work was complete, we were ready to cut the 90 mm by 90 mm blocks from the solid pine beam. Using a circular saw fitted with a dust extractor, we cut 25 mm slices at a 90 degree angle. Any inferior blocks were kept back for the flooring hidden by the furniture.

The bespoke floor and headboard

The bespoke floor and headboard

Gaps between the blocks allow the wood to expand and contract.

Gaps between the blocks allow the wood to expand and contract

End grain flooring has a rustic, imperfect look which is complemented by the gaps which have to be left between the blocks. This is part of its charm but will also give the wood room to move when it expands and contracts. The use of a strong, flexible adhesive also allows for movement and prevents the corners from lifting and twisting.

The wood was then ready to sand. As end grain wood is stronger than traditional boards, we cut the blocks slightly thicker than required to allow for the extra sanding. To finish, the wood was sealed with one coat of Osmo Raw Oil to create a pure natural look without any yellow tones, followed by a coat of clear Osmo Satin. Our final job was to fit the skirting board.

The skirting board hides the expansion gap around the room and finishes off the floor

The skirting board hides the expansion gap around the room and finishes off the floor

Wider gaps between the rings indicate wetter conditions

Wider gaps between the rings indicate wetter conditions

End grain flooring is a historical product, not only for its use in the past but also because the exposed grain tells the story of the forest. The visible growth rings provide clues to the weather conditions at that time.

This is a beautiful product which is extremely strong, so the floor will last for years.

The end result.  A stunning bedroom with an individual look

The end result. A stunning bedroom with an individual look

Find further information about our other end grain flooring projects here.

Location: SE6 Catford, London

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Square End Grain Blocks Flooring: the end-grain flooring is made of wooden blocks sawn crosswise to the grain by comparison with traditional wood floor which is made of planks or block sawn lengthwise. Onto the surface are plainly visible the annual rings of the tree. For this reason such wooden floors are unique and special.

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Sikabond T52 FC Elastic wood flooring adhesive: is a gun or trowel applied elastic wood flooring adhesive for use with any width board. It is also used in conjunction with silent layer mats as part of the AcouBond system.

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Osmo Wood Wax Finish is a satin, transparent or intensive wood finish which combines all the advantages of oils and waxes in one unique product. Resistant to water and dirt, is wipe-proof and stain resistant. Easy application - no need for sanding between coats, which saves time and money. Resistant against liquid spillages and the dry finish is safe for humans, plants and animals.

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Osmo Polyx Oil Raw Effect: untreated wood in its original form has a light, pale character from its natural 'raw' appearance. Sanded wood also has the same effect. Osmo Polyx-Oil 3044 Raw is designed to retain this appearance by using a small amount of white pigments to neutralise the permanent 'wet-look' that develops after application of a clear finish.

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